It’s time for me to hand over the reins of this here Folkin’ Around blog. But that doesn’t mean the folk slows down! Good ole’ Jay Schneider will be taking the drivers seat from here on out. Before I go, I want to share with you guys some of my favorite OurStage artists that I’ve come across during the past six months.
Talking About Commas: Bear Connelly is no stranger to the folk scene, but the Rhode Island native has been experimenting with different kinds of sounds since college when he moved out west in hope of inspiration. Mastering guitar, piano, bass, drums, Rhodes, congas, melodica, synthesized strings and mandolin, Connelly plays under the moniker Talking About Commas. His raw musical abilities have always supported telling stories that captivate listeners.
Crissi Cochrane: Artists often sing about relationships and can easily inspire their fans to want to fall in love. Singer/Songwriter Crissi Cochrane is one such artist. Filled with sweet lyrics and a gentle voice, her songs transport listeners to a world where everything is good. Her delightful melodies are sure to catch on within the next few months.
Alain de Courtenay: Alain de Courtenay is no newcomer in the world of folk, spending nearly a decade perfecting his craft. Both inspiring and distinct, Alain’s music is evocative poetry at it’s finest. A few years back, he joined forces with violinist TJ Callanta and has been producing deep, poignant compositions ever since. In the vein of Alexi Murdoch and Nick Drake, Alain draws from experience to create organic music that pulls at the emotions. It goes without saying, the young star shows great promise in his future.
The Weathered Road: As a well-needed breath of fresh air in today’s music industry, The Weathered Road aren’t out to make it to the top. They’re out to inspire and enjoy the moment while making music —and that alone might just make them the next big thing in folk. With intricate Celtic musicianship and captivating vocals, the group transports listeners to a fresh, empty field immersed in sunshine. Perfect harmonies paired with organic strings make The Weather Road a trio worth a listen.
Carl Hauck: Carl Hauck is a lovechild of sorts. Born of Andrew Bird, raised by Damien Rice, tended by nanny Nick Drake and befriended by Modest Mouse in high school, Hauck seems to take everything good from other prominent acoustic folk acts and combines it into one sugary treat. His voice, often compared to that of an angel, is honestly just that—angelic. Like a sunburst from heaven, Hauck’s songs stream like rays upon playlists, juxtaposing the sullen acoustic crooners.
Wes Kirkpatrick: Wes Kirkpatrick has always been a go-to artist for this OurStager on those seemingly endless days. His previous albums, recorded with his brother, have been a staple on the Folk Channel for months now. A softer Jack Johnson with a stronger voice, Wes Kirkpatrick seems to make anyone’s day a little better.
This Frontier Need Heroes: Comprised of siblings Brad and Jessica Lauretti, This Frontier Needs Heroes’ sweet indie folk sound fits right in here on OurStage. So it’s no wonder they have received acclaim from publications such as NPR’s All Songs Considered, Time Out New York, Time Out London, Decider.com, and have done live sessions for Daytrotter.com and SPIN. OurStage got their chance to catch up with the duo about their success as folk artists, their influences and their extensive touring.
So take a look back at those fantastic artists and get ready for the new era of Folkin’ Around with Jay. He’ll be sure to show you guys some fresh talent and a new take on the genre. So everyone give Jay a hearty “Howdy!” Happy trails!